Category Archives: Dept. of Education

0332_Like Common Core, Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities Has Backfired_ National decline in student scores correlates with beginning of Common Core_ Dr. Susan Berry_ Breitbart_ April 25, 2018

Donna Jack
April 25, 2018

From observing the consistent “failures” of policies set in place in education by the progressive left, it appears their focused aim may not be to help students succeed, but to destroy this country.

In the article below, the devastating results of Common Core are mentioned:

“No one admits the glaringly obvious fact that the downward spiral of academic performance coincides with the implementation of Common Core….“How much more evidence do we need that Common Core was a terrible idea from the beginning and should be scrapped?” — Jane Robbins

It is mentioned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes school structure is the cause of falling test scores.  http://www.newsweek.com/teachers-correct-betsy-devos-picture-modern-classroom-835161

Dr. Susan Berry points out:  “the Obama-era school leniency directive aimed at ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ for minorities” — has been a policy which has increased crime in the schools.

Obama’s policy of ending the reporting of crimes in schools, increased crime (referred to above and below):

Attorney Peter Kirsanow, also a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, tells Breitbart News the School Climate and Safety Report showing ‘increasing disparities’ in school discipline is ‘consistent with common-sense expectations that the lowering of disciplinary standards will produce more offenses and even greater disparities.’

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:50 PM — To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: LIKE COMMON CORE, OBAMA’S SCHOOL LENIENCY POLICY FOR MINORITIES HAS BACKFIRED – BY DR. SUSAN BERRY – BREITBART — 4.25.18

4.25.18 – Breitbart

 “Like Common Core,
Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities
Has Backfired”

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0321_Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core has Failed Every Child — Video/ YouTube_ Jan. 4, 2018_rough notes

Donna Jack
April 7, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:11 AM
Subject: DR. DUKE PESTA AND DR. SANDRA STOTSKY DISSECT WHY COMMON CORE HAS FAILED EVERY CHILD — VIDEO — 1.4.18

1.4.18 – YouTube

 “Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core Has Failed Every Child” 

Published on Jan 4, 2018

 FreedomProject’s Academic Director, Dr. Duke Pesta, interviews Dr. Sandra Stotsky on the demonstrable failures of Common Core. According to a new study from the Pioneer Institute, the move to Common Core has decimated academic achievement in Massachusetts. Prior to adopting the Core, Massachusetts schools and educational standards were the finest in the nation, in large part because of the work of Dr. Stotsky. Now, Common Core has relegated Massachusetts to the same underachieving, politicized, centralized mediocrity plaguing the rest of the country’s public schools. Learn more @ http://www.fpeusa.org/commoncore

Some really rough notes (with errors) of the video
taken by Donna Ja
ck:

[Common Core] It is everywhere in our schools, and has evolved beyond English and Math – to become a national way to look at every subject.

It is in the textbooks, and other materials, and in our college readiness tests.  Anything aligned to Common Core is basically Common Core. Continue reading

0303_WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? (SEL) – BY J. R. WILSON (2/7/18) — possible federal ESSA funds for SEL

Donna Jack
February 11, 2018

A quotation from the article “What is so great about social-emotional learning” by J. R. Wilson (later in this blog piece):

Which comes first, feeling good about yourself so you can
accomplish something worthwhile,
or accomplishing something worthwhile
so you have something to feel good about?

Search online, and on the Table of Contents page of this site, for other information about SEL (Social Emotional Learning).  Social emotional learning (SEL) has been taking place in schools for decades, but SEL is now specifically named in the schools, and is touted as what education should be all about.

ESSA (federal education program) provides funding for SEL.  That is one result of ESSA being nationally implemented.  No, we have not gotten rid of Common Core and federal control of education.  You can find the following information online:

Funding for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act_Dec. 10, 2015)

http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding.pdf
The list contains the specific programs (title and section number) for which ESSA funds may, potentially, be spent to support social-emotional learning (SEL) activities. 

For those programs in existence under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), funding levels are provided for FY 2016.
ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding_downloaded June 11, 2018 w link

Also search this site for “ESSA”(Every Student Succeed Act) – the federal legislation that cemented Common Core into federal law.  Note:  people in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education deny what ESSA did — and instead they parrot words claiming ESSA eliminated Common Core — claiming that education is now decided on a local level.  That is not what happened.  People too often parrot what they are told, without finding out for themselves.  Search this site for “Betsy DeVos.”

Understanding what SEL actually is, will enlighten you about:
1) a main cause of the dumbing down of American education;
2)  the data-gathering on identified students and everyone that touches their lives;
3)  the collecting of personal data, and storing it with personal identifiers — then distributing that data at will;
4) and the mind and behavior control that is actively taking place in schools across the country.  [This is all Type #2 education, rather than Type #1 education – see Home Page of this site]

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From: Henry W. Burke [mailto:hwburke@cox.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:16 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? – BY J. R. WILSON — TAE– 2.7.18

2.7.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/social-emotional-learning/great-social-emotional-learning/

What Is So Great About Social-Emotional Learning?
by J. R. Wilson

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0291_Jan. 1, 2018_DeVos’ Speech on Education Reform_ The Good, The Bad, and the Incomplete_ Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty excerpts _Common Core _ ESSA

Donna Jack
January 18, 2018

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty say U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos is missing the obvious

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty sent out an article, part of which is in this blog post.

In their article they point out that DeVos recommends making all learning individualized, with each student in front of a computer, possibly at home.

Jane and Emmett point out that:  “so-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education.

Robbins and McGroarty suggest Betsy DeVos improve education by:

(1) freeing the states from all federal mandates to the extent she can under the law; (2) working with Congress to revise ESSA to eliminate all mandates; and (3) creating a workable plan to shut down her department.”  (The U.S. Department of Education)

Editorial comment – more needs to be done: 

There also needs to be a change in the content of what is taught in schools, and how students are being taught in schools — changing from Type #2 education, and returning to Type #1 education.  [Type #1 and Type #2 education are discussed on the Home Page of this website, and in blogs:  0005, 0091, and 0247]

Teachers need to be taught to teach, rather than being trained and forced to be facilitators and baby-sitters, spying and reporting on students, parents and other teachers.

Information on ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act)

ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) codified individual data tracking, social, emotional, behavioral and attitude standards and interventions, and a lot more:   0252, 0248, 0244, 0206, 0205, 0097

ESSA didn’t change some of what was already going on in many schools, but since it became federal law in December 2015, it has been officially forcing every school to comply.

Betsy DeVos’ American Enterprise Institute (AEI) speech linked in full

You can read here the full transcript of the speech U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave on January 16, 2018, at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” Continue reading

0287_Team Jeb! Bigger and Stronger at U.S. Dept. of Ed_By Jane Robbins_ January 2, 2017 – also links to Bracken’s 2013 background of Common Core and more resources

Donna Jack
January 4, 2017

Common Core (centralized control of education) continues to be cemented into the fabric of education in the United States.

Two excerpts from the article below:

The latest concern is the appointment by President Trump of “Frank Brogan, a longtime Bush ally from Florida.”   “Does this move snuff out the last hope that Trump will keep his campaign promises to stop federal support of Common Core and return control over education to the states and the people?

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:09 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: TEAM JEB! BIGGER AND STRONGER AT U. S. DEPT. OF ED. — BY JANE ROBBINS — TAE – 1.2.18

1.2.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/federalized-education/team-jeb-grows-stronger-u-s-department-education/

 “Team Jeb! Grows Bigger and Stronger at U.S. Department of Education”
by jane robbins

Team Jeb! grows bigger and stronger at the U.S. Department of Education (USED). The key position of assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education has gone to Frank Brogan, a longtime Bush ally from Florida. We don’t know who recommended Brogan, but we do know who appointed him – President Trump. Does this move snuff out the last hope that Trump will keep his campaign promises to stop federal support of Common Core and return control over education to the states and the people?

As soon as Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, concern surfaced about her history of supporting the one education policy that Trump railed against during the campaign: the Common Core national standards (though she backtracked, sort of, when appointed). DeVos also apparently embraced the Bush worldview on education – centralized control with benefits distributed to various corporate and other stakeholders. Her strong and longstanding ties to Team Bush include donating to and serving on the board of Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes policies such as so-called competency-based education, digital training, increased data-collection on students, and government preschool.

All of these policies were favored by the Obama education establishment as well (the only significant difference between Obama and Bush on education issues concerns school choice).  DeVos’s selection thus signaled a continuation of most policies of the last eight years.

Unsurprisingly, DeVos has now surrounded herself not with representatives of the pro-constitutionalist, anti-Common Core wing of education but with Bush acolytes such as Carlos Muniz as USED general counsel. But the USED position of most interest to parent activists throughout the country — assistant secretary for K-12 education – remained to be filled. Giving that job to a proven anti-Common Core warrior would rekindle hope for some change in USED’s trajectory. But Trump gave the job to Frank Brogan. Continue reading

0269_ Dept of Ed Sec Betsy DeVos to speak at Jeb Bush’s FEE summit_ link to Karen Bracken’s 2013 video and transcript: education Trojan Horse

Donna Jack
November 14, 2017

Betsy DeVos, US Secretary of the Department of Education, will be guest speaker at Jeb Bush’s upcoming summit for his Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE).  It is an organization that was started in 2007.  It has been financially supported by DeVos and her husband for most years since its beginnings — and she has been on its board of directors.

Before he ran for President, Jeb got out of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) (His father got out of the Council of Foreign Relations when he was running for President).  Jeb is back directing FEE.  Read:  Jeb Bush returns to the Foundation for Excellence in Education – May 24, 2016.

Notice the people are who are sponsoring the FEE event.  Most of them are what some people would call globalists — and they have consistently been heavy supporters of Common Core, FEE, and the federal and international control of education.

The College Board is also a supporter of the event.  David Coleman, president of the College Board, is a main architect of Common Core.  See Blog 0074 which has a YouTube of “Common Core:  Subversive Threat to Education.  Watch Karen Bracken’s video and read a transcript of of it.  The presentation tells about Coleman’s role in the College Board, AP, SAT, ACT, Common Core.  Watching the video (or reading the transcript) you can learn not only about Coleman, but also about other sponsors of this FEE event.

Article by Dr. Susan Berry:
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:28 PM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: ED SECT. DEVOS TO ADDRESS JEB BUSH’S EDUCATION FOUNDATION SUMMIT — BREITBART — 11.24.17

11.24.17 – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/14/devos-address-jeb-bushs-foundation-summit/

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Address Jeb Bush’s Foundation Summit”

Dr. Susan Berry

Associated Press  U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will address former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) when it celebrates its 10th annual summit. Continue reading

0255_“Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan” By Dr. Susan Berry–THAT IS NOT SO

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017

Summary statement from end of article below:

“Too many of the people selected for K-12 policy can be expected to continue the trajectory launched by progressive educators a century ago and reaching new heights under Obama and his secretaries,” she [Dr. Susan Berry] asserts.… ”

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From Donna Garner:   pdf here or see below:

10.13.17 – Breitbart

 “Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan”
By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/13/bill-bennett-touts-trump-conservative-cabinet-reagan/

 Dr. Bill Bennett, secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan, told attendees at the Values Voter Summit Friday that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is a “more conservative cabinet” than Reagan’s Cabinet was.

Bennett – now a radio host and author – specifically named current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “my friend … who is fighting to empower parents,” as an example of conservatism, and defended her signature policy of school choice.

However, both Bennett and DeVos have come under fire from many conservative parents throughout America for their support – mentioned or otherwise – for the Common Core standards. The movement to eradicate the federally funded and supported Common Core has been led by one of the most significant “populist” grassroots efforts in decades.

As Breitbart News reported in 2014, Bennett drew the ire of anti-Common Core parents throughout the country after penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that made a “conservative case for Common Core.”

 In his column, Bennett reiterated all the “talking points” of the pro-Common Core education establishment. His remarks – especially from one who served in Reagan’s Cabinet under a president who had desired to eliminate the U.S. Education Department (USED) – led to an uproar. Ultimately, Bennett admitted that public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group had paid him to write the column. Continue reading

0251_Left’s False Narrative: Trump Administration ‘Pro-Rape’ for Scrapping Obama Campus Sex Policies_by Dr. Susan Berry

Donna Jack
September 28, 2017

9.27.17 – Breitbart
“Left’s False Narrative: Trump Administration ‘Pro-Rape’ for Scrapping Obama Campus Sex Policies”
By Dr. Susan Berry
The left’s latest false narrative is that the Trump administration is “pro-rape” because the education department is scrapping former President Barack Obama’s campus sexual misconduct policies.
Democrat politicians, Hollywood elites, and feminist and LGBT advocacy groups are blasting U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announcement last week that her department is rescinding the Obama administration’s “guidance” on sexual misconduct that turned over serious sex assault allegations to untrained “kangaroo” courts on college campuses… Continue reading

0246_A 35-page list Donna Garner put together in 2015 with articles, etc. about Common Core from Dec. 2009 through Dec 2013_Alice Linahan’s Facebook address

Donna Jack
August 16, 2017

I found this treasure this evening, when searching through old emails for Alice Linahan’s webcasts.  Alice Linahan’s facebook:  https://twitter.com/alicelinahan?lang=en

Donna Garner is on Alice’s webcast right now (August 16, 2017).

The following document is well worth copying, from the pdf, or from the online link.  It is important historical information for your files on Common Core.  Donna Garner originally sent it out in 2015 — 35 pages of links to podcasts, videos, articles, YouTubes, commentaries, etc., over a four-year period.  I can’t wait to dig into them myself.  Many of then will be resources I have already studied – both new and review are important.

0246_Donna Garner 2015 35-page List of information on Common Core.pdf

http://www.educationviews.org/updated-anti-common-core-resources-list-12-11-09-12-31-13/_35 pages

 

 

0245_Aug. 14, 2017 Who is to Blame for Charlottesville?–by Donna Garner_Articles Donna Garner attached that illustrate the dangers of the Common Core agenda

Donna Jack
August 18, 2017

In this article, Donna Garner explains how the Charlottesville situation is a product of the Obama Administration’s  anti-American Common Core agenda.

At the end of her article are some resources Donna Garner sent out that reveal some background behind the problems — going back to the Common Core curriculum, which supporters of Common Core wrongly kept insisting was not curriculum.

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 Educator Resources|Education & Information Age Education News

WHO IS TO BLAME FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE?
By Donna Garner – 8.14.17
http://www.educationviews.org/blame-charlottesville/

location of other commentaries by Donna Garner:
Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator EducationViews.org

 Who was involved in the deplorable and violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia this last weekend?  Our nation witnessed Black Lives Matter, White Supremacists, Anti-Trumpsters, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK yelling, screaming, fighting, cussing, destroying property, venting their rage, killing protesters, maiming bystanders, and injuring first responders.

 What do these groups all have in common?  They are all products of our culture, one in which the majority of our nation’s K-16 students have been indoctrinated by the Obama administration’s anti-American Common Core and the leftwing professors who populate our colleges and universities. Aided by the Democrats and the leftist media, our nation is now “reaping the whirlwind.”  

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